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Conifer Thinning Event to Focus on First and Subsequent Thinnings

Teagasc and the Forest Service are organising a conifer thinning event in Kilbrin, Kanturk, Co Cork on a first and second thinning site, to take place on Tuesday, 20 October, 2015. Many farm forests planted in the early to mid-nineties now require thinning. This is a time-critical forestry operation to improve the quality and value of the timber crop and to maintain good forest health.

If properly carried out, thinning optimises the return from the forest crop, provides periodic returns as the crop matures and improves the biodiversity of the forest. Not thinning will result in a larger number of smaller sized trees, with a likely reduction in crop value. However, thinning intensity and the resulting timber assortments can have a huge impact on profitability.

“This event will highlight Teagasc conifer research and will provide forest owners with valuable practical information on the reasons for, and timing of, thinning a Sitka spruce crop and how different thinning regimes can impact on crop development and profitability potential,” said Dr Niall Farrelly, forestry researcher with Teagasc.

Dr Farrelly added; “The crop has been thinned using a range of different regimes assessing the impact before and after the operation. The focus of the trials is to observe the effect of different thinning intensities on the growth and development of the crop, and to identify the most suitable regimes to maximise the production of valuable sawlog material in the shortest possible time, while maintaining crop stability and sustainability.”

John Casey, forestry adviser with Teagasc said: “This is a great opportunity for forest owners to learn about the latest thinning research and how to get the best out of their own forests. The open day will also highlight timber assortments and their overall effect on the profitability of thinning operations and road construction. This is an essential event for forest owners whose crops are approaching first thinning stage, or are at subsequent thinning stages.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 in Kilbrin, Co Cork. It will start at 11.00 am and the circuit will take approx. 2.5 hours to complete. The venue will be signposted from Kanturk, Co Cork. Kilbrin is located off the R580 between Kanturk and Castlecor. Garmin Loc8 code: QP3-40-2KJ.

This is an outdoor event so it is advisable to bring appropriate raingear and footwear. All are welcome and the event is free. For further details, please visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry or contact your local Teagasc Forestry Adviser. The co-operation of the landowner and the Forestry Company is gratefully acknowledged.